Child and Youth Care Worker

Make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth with our Child and Youth Care Worker program

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Child and youth care workers support at-risk children, youth, and families through a variety of treatment and prevention measures. A career in this role means you will be working predominantly with children and youth who may have experienced abuse, addiction, neglect, trauma, family strain, and/or have behavioural or learning disabilities.

This program provides students with specialized training in four key areas: developmental psychology, professional practice, support modalities, and practical experience. Students will also learn, understand, and recognize aspects of normative and non-normative development in children and youth.

After completion of the program, graduates will be able to demonstrate competence in intervention, communication, activity planning, and cultural diversity. Graduates will also be able to pursue employment opportunities in youth drop-in centres, after-school programs, alcohol and drug prevention programs, youth-at-risk and outreach programs, teen pregnancy centres, special needs programs, and more.

This program includes a practicum experience so students can gain relevant work experience before graduation.

Why Study at Sprott Shaw?

  • Career and professional development success courses to help create a career development marketing plan, learn the cardinal rules of professionalism, and identify the target markets and employment resources for the community support field  
  • Preparation and orientation courses to teach you how to find credible research, write papers, create proper citation formats including APA, and study effectively for exams
  • All-inclusive tuition where what you see is what you pay. Our tuition includes registration fees, assessment fees, tuition, textbooks, supplies, course materials, graduation fees, practicum fees, and much more
  • Access to dedicated Employment Services Specialists (ESS) who can help you with resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, and the overall job search after graduation
  • Certificates including Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI), First-Aid, and WHMIS
  • Practicum opportunities with recognized organizations across BC including the Canadian Mental Health Association, Salvation Army, Positive Living Society BC, YMCA, posAbilities Association of BC, Hope for Freedom Society, Union Gospel Mission, John Howard Society, and more
  • Multiple start dates so you can start your education when you want to without the wait

Learning Objectives

Graduates of the Sprott Shaw College Child and Youth Care Worker Diploma Program will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of human development and the factors that may affect development
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Child and Youth Care Worker’s role and responsibilities in terms of legal and ethical standards
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Child and Youth Care Worker’s scope of practice for British Columbia
  • Demonstrate professionalism and the ability to communicate and work collaboratively and professionally with clients and other professionals in the field
  • Apply knowledge and skill when working with children and youth in a variety of settings

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
880 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
42 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Admission Requirements:
  • Grade 12 / GED or mature student status (all transcripts must be “true certified copies” or originals)
  • Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview and entrance assessments with a minimum score of 20/40 in the English Assessment and a minimum score of 20/40 in the Math Assessment (with a minimum composite score of 42/80)
Domestic Students:
  • Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of English 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the
    English Entrance Assessment
  • Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of Math 10, 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the
    Math Entrance Assessment
International Students:
  • International students can meet the Math Entrance Assessment requirement by providing an equivalent to Canadian High School Math 10, 11 or 12 with a passing grade of ‘C’. The credential must be evaluated and verified.
  • International students can meet the English requirement by completing or demonstrating one of the following three options:
    • Sprott Shaw’s English Language Assessment, OR
    • Minimum IELTS Score 5.5 overall or iBT TOFEL Score of 70, OR
    • Completion of an ESL program from one of SSC’s partnered ESL schools. TB Test Clearance Report, and Completion of a Criminal Record Check; International: IELTS 6.0 or Equivalent
Diploma Requirements:
  • Overall average of 70%
  • Must pass every course in the program by the minimum required mark of 60%
* Child and Youth Care Worker was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Students can expect to complete one to three hours of homework per day.

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Courses List

This 42 week Diploma program requires the student to complete the following courses.

  • MS Office Certification
  • MS Office Word editing, layout, templates, styles and
    sections, mail merge, tables, charts and desktop publishing

  • MS Office Certification
  • Plan, edit and manage worksheets (formulas/functions)

  • Increase sensitivity to and understanding of others by becoming other-oriented
  • Develop effective means of communication - listening, attending, paraphrasing, providing feedback and understanding of perceptions

• 120 hour practicum (4 weeks)

  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention is completed during this component

  • Computer basics/file management
  • Goal setting, note-taking, problem-solving, teamwork
  • Overview of policies & procedures
  • Demonstrate the ability to use MS Word and MS PowerPoint

  • Interview techniques
  • Create a Career Development Marketing Plan
  • Apply aspects of professionalism
  • Identify target markets and employment resources

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